Vote With Your Fork

Vote With Your Fork

Here you'll find all the trimmings and extra information to help you make the right choice for you and your family this Christmas. From meat-free marvels and advice on going organic, we've put together the tips, links and videos that we've found on our own Let's Talk Turkey journey.

Free Range & Organic

Free Range & Organic

Free Range & Organic

This basically means that during a turkey's short life it will have some well deserved access to natural light, green foods and some dirt to scratch around in.

Most free-range turkeys have a minimum lifespan of 20 weeks but the free-range label isn't a ticket to eating turkey guilt-free. The minimum standards still aren't perfect so don't be afraid to ask questions about where your turkey comes from and how it's been treated: the good eggs won't be afraid to give you an answer!

The organic option is your best bet, for both your health and the turkey's. Your turkey won't have been regularly fed antibiotics, which means that it can digest and absorb its own food better and is a much healthier, tastier option for dinner.

Supermarkets and large ethical suppliers do have some great options for free-range and organic birds. Both Abel & Cole and Riverford Farm deliver around the UK.

If you can, always try to source a turkey from a local farm and don't be afraid to ask your supplier some questions about the life your turkey has had. By reinvesting in your local economy you'll be helping your turkeys and your town – all with one bird! Visit Soil Association for more information and to find a local supplier.

If you're on a budget and concerned about the higher cost of a free-range, organic bird, discover ways to use every last bit of your bird and make more meals for your money at BBC Good Food. You can also make your turkey portion sizes smaller and add more meat-free sides to your plate instead. See our recipes below for some fresh ideas.

Make it Meat-Free

Make it Meat-Free

Make it Meat-Free

Choosing to enjoy some more meat-free meals over the festive break means you can take advantage of all the seasonal vegetables that are on offer during the winter and you won't find yourself in the usual Turkey Curry Buffet situation come Boxing Day.

Obviously if you're already a vegetarian or vegan you're in the right place as all of the recipes here are meat-free, with a range of full vegan recipes as well.

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Videos

Videos

Videos

Discover more about the meat and food industry, meet a weekday veggie and watch undercover videos of factory farming, narrated by Paul McCartney.

Weekday Vegetarian

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TreeHugger's founder Graham Hill introduces us to the idea of weekday veg and how to get over the food labels we brand ourselves with.

Food Inc.

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This Oscar-nominated documentary will take you on an eye-opening journey through the modern food industry and how everyone can make a real change.

Glass Walls

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Paul McCartney narrates this video which shows the nature of factory-farmed animals and the uncomfortable truth that many of us choose to ignore.

Food Matters

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Eating a healthier diet isn't just helping animals but can make a huge difference to our own health, reducing the risk of cancer and diabetes.

Did you know?

Did you know?

Did you know?

Benjamin Franklin once said that 'a good conscience is a continual Christmas'. We couldn't agree with him more.
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